Electoral campaigns in transitional societies are important landmarks on the way of entrenchment and stabilization (or, on the contrary, of degeneration and decline) of newly constructed political institutions. They reveal achievements of a society and its non-resolved problems, show the attained level of political democracy, cultural and moral climate. … →
Civil society includes ‘public’
which debates and discusses.
Ukrainian teachers and scientists who attended the USA according to Fulbright and other exchange programs get a unique opportunity to observe civic life in a country about which French traveler and political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in the first half of the 19th century: “Imagine, my dear friend, if you can, a society formed of all nations of the world… people having different languages, beliefs, opinions: in a word, a society without roots, without memories, without prejudices, without routines, without common ideas, without a national character, yet a hundred times happier than our own” [i].… →
There is no one generally accepted definition of civil society and there is no major agreement between social scientists as to the substance of this phenomena. Definitions range from very general, like that of Michael Waltzer : “the space of uncoersed human association”  to much refined, as that of E.… →
By Karen Dawisha & Bruce Parrott. Cambridge, New York and Melborne: Cambridge University Press. 1994. xx, 437 pp., maps, appendices, index.
ISBN 0-521-45262-7 (cloth), ISBN 0-521-45895-1 (paper).
The book under review is written by scholars of great erudition and of subtle professional intuition.… →
In order to cure the social sciences of many of their inveterate diseases, it seems to me extremely important and useful to support and develop in some measure A.S. Tsipko’s ideas on the doctrinal preconditions of our difficulties and failures in the building of socialism, ideas that have provoked such wide-ranging responses (see A.S.… →